Auckland Council’s urban development agency, Eke Panuku, is calling for expressions of interest from designers looking to be part of the creative regeneration of Wynyard Quarter.
“We are not just looking for the best designers to work with us. We are looking for design partners that will build a strong and enduring relationship with us, mana whenua, the place and the people that will use it. We want to make something special, and the way we do it is key to that,” said Eke Panuku General Manager, Design and Place, Gyles Bendall.
“The transformation of this area from industrial to mixed-use has already begun with the removal of the tank farms and we are working closely with mana whenua to plan this new park, the largest to be created in 100 years since the completion of Victoria Park, for the benefit of all Aucklanders.
“The site, comprising all the remaining reclaimed land north of the popular Silo Park, will ultimately contain laneways, streets, public spaces and mixed-use development. It will include around seven hectares in total for all the public spaces, with approximately five hectares earmarked for a large coastal park on the point.
“It’s very rare to have an opportunity to design such a large public space right in the middle of the city centre, particularly as it will complete the key link from Victoria Park to the headland offering key coastal access for the community, as well as complimenting the current public space and amenities offered across the waterfront.”
Mr Bendall said that while it will take many years to complete the park, Eke Panuku will work to a staged programme, intending to open up access for the public with transitional usage and placemaking activities, so residents can enjoy access as the development progresses.
“We are keen to hear from those with a proven collaborative approach to work with them, their partners and stakeholders on the design of this significant project.”
He said that over the past 15 years, Aucklanders had experienced the transformation of their inner-city waterfront to a world-class destination that “excites the senses and celebrates our sea-loving Pacific culture and maritime history”.
“The next stage of this multi-decade transformation will build on this legacy of the much-loved and celebrated Wynyard Quarter and will focus on the land and water surrounding this area,” said Mr Bendall.